2020 Audi A5 Sportback vs. 2020 Volvo V60

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the V60.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the A5 Sportback’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The V60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the A5 Sportback and the V60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A5 Sportback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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The Audi A5 Sportback’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the V60’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 10 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

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The A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A5 Sportback is faster than the V60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

A5 Sportback

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.5 sec

16.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A5 Sportback uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The A5 Sportback offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The V60 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The A5 Sportback’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The V60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A5 Sportback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the V60:

A5 Sportback

V60

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The A5 Sportback stops much shorter than the V60:

A5 Sportback

V60

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the V60 (245/40R18 vs. 235/45R18). The A5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 (255/35R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The A5 Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60’s standard 45 series tires. The A5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the V60’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the A5 Sportback uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The A5 Sportback Prestige handles at .94 G’s, while the V60 Momentum pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Audi A5 Sportback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Volvo V60.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A5 Sportback is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the V60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A5 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The V60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Audi A5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Volvo V60 isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or four door.

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The Audi A5/S5 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 14% during 2019.

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